Women’s Road Bikes

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Trek Madone 9.5 Women’s $10,500

The Madone 9.5 is a straight-up per­for­mance-ori­ented race bike. The frame makes use of Trek’s kvf (kamm­tail vir­tual foil) tube shape, while the fork has an in­te­grated stem and brake mounts. Ev­ery­thing about this bike screams wind cheat­ing. It also uses Trek’s own Isospeed de­cou­pling sys­tem on the rear end to smooth out rough roads. As you’d ex­pect with this price tag, the spec is top shelf: a full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 driv­e­train and Vi­sion Metron 40 ltd wheels. The in­te­grated bar and stem is by Trek and also sports a kvf profile. Bon­trager’s Ajna Pro sad­dle (see also the sad­dles sec­tion of this guide for more in­for­ma­tion) sit atop the Madone mi­cro-ad­just car­bon seat­mast. The bike is avail­able in 50 cm to 56 cm sizes. ( trek­bikes.com)

Felt FR2W Disc $6,999

The fr2w Disc is Felt’s take on the disc brake-equipped per­for­mance road bike for women. It uses the com­pany’s Felt Fit ge­om­e­try and siz­ing to cre­ate a gen­der-spe­cific bike with very small sizes avail­able: you can get the fr2w in 43 cm, 47 cm, 51 cm, 54 cm and 56 cm, which will be good news for rid­ers shorter than 5'3". That size range doesn’t mean any com­pro­mises in com­po­nents, how­ever. This model comes with a full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra Di2 elec­tronic driv­e­train with r785 shifters, a Ro­tor 3d30 crankset, 3t bar, stem and seat­post and a Prol­ogo Nago Evo Pas sad­dle. ( felt­bi­cy­cles.com)

Scott Contessa Speed­ster 15 $1,650

The Contessa Speed­ster 15 from Scott is proof that good road bikes don’t have to cost a for­tune. This alu­minum-frame en­try-level ma­chine comes with a full car­bon fork, which will take some of the sting out of rougher roads. Com­po­nents are largely Shi­mano 105, which pro­vides ex­cel­lent per­for­mance at a frac­tion of the price of higher-end parts. The 11–32 tooth cas­sette will make big hills a lit­tle more man­age­able. Han­dle­bar, stem, seat­post and sad­dle are from the Syn­cros women’s line. The Contessa Speed­ster is avail­able in sizes ex­tra small to large, so it’s a good op­tion for rid­ers of all heights. ( scott-sports.com)

Liv Avail Ad­vanced 1 $2,699

Liv is the women’s-spe­cific line of Gi­ant Bi­cy­cles. Liv ben­e­fits from Gi­ant’s long his­tory with com­pos­ites to de­liver a full car­bon bike at a price that ri­vals some com­pa­nies’ alu­minum of­fer­ings. The en­durance-ori­ented Avail Ad­vanced 1 comes with a Shi­mano Ul­te­gra 11-speed me­chan­i­cal driv­e­train, rs505 hy­draulic disc brakes and a mix of Gi­ant com­po­nents at all the con­tact points. The ma­chine rolls on Gi­ant P-R2 wheels and P-sl1 (25c) tires. Sizes run from ex­tra, ex­tra small (39.5 cm) to large (53.5 cm), which means that rid­ers who are close to the 5'0" mark should be able to fit on this bike. ( gi­ant-bi­cy­cles.com)

Spe­cial­ized Ruby Ex­pert $5,529

The Ruby Ex­pert fea­tures Spe­cial­ized’s women’s en­durance ge­om­e­try, as well as the ad­justable Fu­ture Shock sus­pen­sion sys­tem, which builds 20 mm of travel into the steer­ing tube of the bike. The Ex­pert fea­tures a full Shi­mano Ul­te­gra 11-speed me­chan­i­cal driv­e­train, with RS685 hy­draulic brake levers, Spe­cial­ized bar, stem, seat­post and sad­dle, and DT Swiss r470 Disc Pro wheels. Like most women’s bikes, it comes spec’d with an 11–32 tooth cas­sette for eas­ier climb­ing. Sizes range from 44 cm to 58 cm, so most rid­ers should be able to jump on a Ruby and go. ( spe­cial­ized. com)—stu­ar­tk­er­naghan

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